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Naval Hospital, 
Long Beach 





Each Navy Command holds two unique ceremonies 
during the course of its existence. The commissioning 
ceremony bears the promise for a bright future, and 
the decommissioning ceremony, signifying the end of 
an era, honors all of the men and women who have 
given their time, their energy, and, for some, their 
lives, to fulfill and surpass the aspirations of those who 
stood in the commissioning ceremony. The ceremony 
is not prescribed specifically by Naval regulations, but 
is instead an honored product of Naval tradition. 
Custom has established that this ceremony be formal 
and impressive - a solemn occasion on which we pause 
to reflect upon the rich heritage of this command and 
the United States Navy. 


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Decommissioning of Naval Hospital, Long Beach 

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Retiring of the Colors 

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Reception to follow east of the ceremony area 

Surgeon General of the Navy 
Donald F. Hagen 

Vice Admiral, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy 

VADM Hagen became the thirty-first Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief, Bureau 
of Medicine and Surgery, on 28 June 1 991 . 

A native of Williston, ND, VADM Hagen received his BA. degree in 1959 from 
Concordia College, Moomead, MN, and began medical education at the University of 
North Dakota, In 1961 he transferred to Northwestern University, receiving his medical 
degree in 1963. Following completion of his internship at Los Angeles County General 
Hospital, he was commissioned in the Navy in 1 964. 

After completing Field Service School at Camp Pendleton, CA, VADM Hagen served as 
a battalion surgeon with the Marine Corps in Vietnam, followed by a tour of duty with 
Fleet Marine Force Headquarters, HI. Beginning in 1966, he served as a general 
medical officer (GMO) aboard the hospital ship USS REPOSE (AH 16) off the coast of 
Vietnam. Following his assignment as a GMO at the Naval Training Center, San 
Diego, he returned to Vietnam, serving as staff surgeon with the Navy's Riverine 
Assault Forces, Mekong Delta. 

He completed his surgical residency in 1973 at the Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA, 
and then had a series of assignments as Chief of Surgical Services at the Naval 
Aerospace and Regional Medical Center, Pensacola, FL; the U.S. Naval Hospital, 
Yokosuka, Japan, and the Naval Regional Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL. In 1981, 
he reported as Director of the Contingency Planning Division at the Bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery in Washington, DC. He then became the Director of the Medical Education 
and Training Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. 

During VADM Hagen's July 1984 to September 1986 tour as Commanding Officer, 
Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, CA, he was selected for promotion to flag rank. 
Returning^ to Washington, DC, he served as Director, Health Care Operations Division, 
in the office of the Surgeon General of the Navy. In August 1988, he became the 
Deputy Commander for Health Care Operations, Naval Medical Command, and Chief of 
the Navy Medical Corps. He served as Commander of the Naval Medical Center, 
Bethesda, MD, from 2 December 1988 to 4 June 1991. 

VADM Hagen's Military awards include: the Legion of Merit (three awards); Bronze 
Star with Combat V; Meritorious Service Medal (two awards); Combat Action Ribbon; 
and several other personal and campaign awards. 

VADM Hagen is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He has also received 
the American Hospital Association's "Federal Health Care Executive Award of 
excellence." The Admiral is also a Delegate to the American Medical Association and 
an Alternate Delegate to the American Hospital Association; a member of the Board of 
Regents for the Uniformed services University of the Health Sciences and the National 
Library of Medicine; an Executive Board member of the Association of Military 
Surgeons of the United States; a member of the Society of Medical Consultants to the 
Armed Forces; and a Board of Governors' member for the Armed Forces Institute of 
Pathology and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute. 

He and his wife Karen (Pizzino of Altoona, PA), who is a former Navy nurse, have three 
daughters, Dana, Lisa and Amanda. 

CAPTAIN Harry E. Selfridge, U.S. Navy 

Captain Harry Edward Selfridge, born July 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, is 
the son of Harry A. and Viola L Selfridge' He graduated from Verdugo Hills 
High School in Tujunga, California and attended Glendale College for two 
years. He enlisted in the Navy in 1959, and while serving on active duty as 
leading Electronics Technician on board USS ACME (MSO 508) he was 
selected for the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). 

Through NESEP, Captain Selfridge received concurrent MSEE and BSEE 
degrees from Purdue University in 1968. After graduation from Officer 
Candidate School and commissioning in August 1968, Captain Selfridge served 
on USS SPERRY (AS 12) before reporting to Nuclear Power School at Mare 
Island, California. 

After successful qualification at S5G Nuclear Reactor Prototype in Idaho 
Captain Selfridge was assigned briefly to USS BAINBRIDGE (CGN 25). He 
made three deployments to the Gulf of Tonkin and Western Pacific in 
TRUXTUN, first Auxiliaries Officer, then as Reactor Control Officer, and 
ultimately as Damage Control Assistant. 

Captain Selfridge served as Engineer Officer USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CHG 
37) from February 1976 to January 1979. In 1982, Captain Selfridge 
established the precommissioning detachment for USS JARRETT (FFG 33). He 
accepted JARRETT for the Navy in May 1983, commissioned the ship on July 
2, 1983, and served in command until September 1985. From July 1987 to May 
1990, he commanded USS ARKANSAS {CGN 41). 

Captain Selfridge has served ashore as Training Officer at the ATW Nuclear 
Reactor Prototype in Idaho. From March 1979 to January 1982, he was 
Assistant Branch Head for Ocean Policy (OP-616) in the office of the Chief of 
Naval Operations. His duties included work with Soviet Naval Officers in 
Washington, D.C. and Moscow regarding the US/USSR Agreement on 
Prevention of incidents on the High Seas. From 1985 through 1986, Captain 
Selfridge was Repair and Maintenance Officer for the Commander, Naval 
Surface Group, Long Beach, California. From May 1990 to June 1992, he 
served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval 
Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. 

Captain Selfridge assumed command of Naval Surface Group Long Beach on 
19 June 1992. 

Captain Selfridge has been awarded the Legion of Merit with one gold star, the 
Meritorious Sendee Medal with one gold star, the Navy Commendation Medal, 
the Na'w Achievement Medal, and a number of citations, campaign medals and 
sendee medals. 

Captain Selfridge is married to the former Sandra Ruth Blaske of Tujunga, 
California. They have a son, Michael and a daughter, Laura. 

CAPTAIN Barbara A. Mencik, NC, U.S. Navy 

CAPT Barbara Mencik was born on 27 October 1942 in New York City, She 
spent her early years in New York where she graduated from High School in 
1960. She completed a diploma of nursing program at Bellevue Hospital 
School of Nursing in New York City in 1963 and worked at Bellevue Hospital 
for three years prior to commissioning in the U.S. Navy in May 1966 as an 

Following OlS, CAPT Mencik reported to Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton as 
a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In 1967, she was transferred to 
Naval Hospital, San Diego where she was first assigned as staff nurse in the 
ICU and then reassigned as Charge Nurse on a Medical Unit. 

In 1971, CAPT Mencik received orders to Naval Hospital, Bethesda where she 
worked as a staff nurse and then charge nurse on the ICU. From 1974 to 1976, 
she attended the University of Maryland for DUINS to complete her bachelor's 
degree in nursing. In 1976, CAPT Mencik was stationed at U.S. Naval 
Hospital Naples, Italy where she served as Charge Nurse on a Medical/Surgical 
Unit, Infection Control Nurse and Command Education Officer. 

In 1979 she was reassigned to Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida where she 
served as Department Head for the Critical Care Areas and Pediatrics, and as 
the Command Risk Management Coordinator. In 1982, CAPT Mencik was 
selected for DUINS for a graduate degree in Nursing Administration at the 
Medical College of Virginia. Following program completion in 1984, she was 
reassigned to Naval Hospital, Portsmouth: first as Department Head for Critical 
Care Areas, and then as Assistant Director for Nursing Services. 

In 1990, CAPT Mencik reported to Naval Hospital, Long Beach as Director for 
Nursing Services and in January 1991, she received orders as Executive 
Officer, Naval Hospital, Long Beach. In July 1993, she assumed command of 
Naval Hospital, Long Beach. 

CAPT Mencik's military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, 
Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation with bronze star, and 
the National Defense Medal with bronze star. 

HMCM (SW) William D. Stockton, U.S. Navy 

Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (Surface Warfare) William D. Stockton was 
born in Dalhart, Texas on 21 March 1948. He enlisted in the United States 
Navy on 24 April 1968 as a Hospital Recruit reporting to Naval Training 
Center, San Diego. Upon completion of recruit training he reported directly to 
Hospital Corps 'A' School in San Diego. He was selected to attend Operating 
Room Technician 'C School in Oakland, CA. 

Upon completion of O.R. school, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Lemoore, 
CA; Subsequent duty stations include: Third Marine Division, FMF, Okinawa, 
JA; first Marine Division, FMF, Camp Pendleton, CA; USS CARPENTER (DD 
825); Branch Clinic NAS Moffett Field, CA; Third Force Service Support 
Group, FMF, Okinawa, JA; Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC; USS 
MISSOURI (BB-63) and Naval Hospital, Long Beach, CA. 

Master Chief Stockton has received the following decorations and awards: 
Navy Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Navy Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit 
Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon (Third Award), Navy Good Conduct Medal 
(6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces 
Expeditionary Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd Award). 

Master Chief Stockton, his wife Leah, daughter Jenifer and sons Thomas and 
Chuck will reside in West Covina, California. 


In April 1964, construction commenced on a Naval Hospital to serve members of the 
military community living in the Long Beach/Los Angeles area. Located on a 65-acre 
tract, Naval Hospital, Long Beach was officially commissioned in February 1967. 
Initially, the hospital was a five-floor structure with a capacity of 350 beds. During the 
Vietnam conflict the hospital, along with its support facilities, Naval Station dispensary 
and Hospital Ship REPOSE, served as a primary debarkation point for personnel 
returning to the continental United States via air medical evacuation. 

In July 1972, ground was broken and construction commenced on an additional 
nursing wing with a capacity of 220 beds, a comprehensive outpatient care area and an 
administrative wing. Construction was completed in September 1973 and clinics w r ere 
permanently established. 

In November 1974, the outpatient pavilion and nursing wing were officially 
dedicated. The new inpatient tower included additional administrative and logistics 
support spaces in the first floor basement, a male orthopedic and general surgery ward 
on the second floor, the obstetric and gynecology services on the third floor -including a 
newborn nursery and the alcohol rehabilitation service with 65 beds on the fourth floor. 

In July 1972, Naval Hospital, Long Beach was redesignated as Naval Regional 
Medical Center, Long Beach and functioned as such until 26 April 1983 when it was 
again redesignated as a Naval Hospital. 

The Naval Hospital, Branch Medical Clinic Annex, Naval Weapons Station, Seal 
Beach provides sick call and occupational health services to approximately 1,200 Civil 
Service and 200 military personnel. 

The Naval Hospital, Branch Medical Clinic Annex, Naval Warfare Assessment 
Center, Corona provides occupational health services to eligible personnel assigned to 
the station. 

The NAVCARE Clinic Tustin provides outpatient services to all eligible military 
beneficiaries, both active duty and retired personnel and dependents. Responsibility 
transferred to Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton on 1 October 1991. 

The Naval Hospital, Branch Medical Clinic, Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake 
provides care to eligible beneficiaries. Responsibility transferred to Naval Medical 
Clinic, Port Hueneme in the fall of 1993. 

During its last year of full service, Naval Hospital, Long Beach supported a 
population of approximately 250,000 eligible beneficiaries and was the only Navy 
medical treatment facility between Camp Pendleton, 75 miles to the south and Fort Ord, 
300 miles to the north. 

As this Naval Hospital ends a distinguished era of service to the fleet and 
surrounding communities, its credo of "STANDING BY TO ASSIST" has been passed 
to Naval Medical Clinic, Terminal Island. Opened in 1988, the clinic provides 
comprehensive occupational health services to shipyard workers, military sick call, 
medical support to fleet and shore based naval personnel at the Terminal Island 



Captain P. R. Engel, MC, USN 
CO NAVHOSP 1 FEB 67 - 28 AUG 69 

Captain C. K. HoIIoway, MC, USN 
Co NAHOSP 28 AUG 69 - 30 SEPT 71 

Captain C. E. Kee, MC, USN 
CO NRMC 30 SEPT 71-15 MAY 74 

Captain E. P. Rucci, MC, USN 
CO NRMC 15 MAY 74 - 12 AUG 77 

Captain R. M. Lehman, Jr., MC, USN 
CO NRMC 12 AUG 77 - 13 JUL 78 

Captain Q. E. Crews, Jr., MC, USN 
CO NRMC 13 JUL 78 - 15 AUG 81 

Captain L. H. Eske, MC, USf 
CO NRMC 15 AUG 81 - 7 JUL 83 

Captain M. G. Mowad, DC, USN 
CO NAVHOSP 7 JUL 83 - 21 JUN 85 

Captain M. F. Hall, NC, USN 
CO NAVHOSP 21 JUN 85 - 3 SEP 87 

Captain C. Cote, NC, USN 
CO NAVHOSP 3 SEP 87 - 18 MAY 89 

Captain F. G. Sanford, MC, USN 
CO NAVHOSP 18 MAY 89 - 18 APR 91 

Captain F. L. Jackson, MC, USN 
CO NAVHOSP 18 APR 91 - 2 JUL 93 

Captain B. A. Mencik, NC, USN 
CO NAVHOSP 2 JUL 93 - 3 1 MAR 94